Empire of the Soul: Some Journeys in India

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Riverhead Books, Dec 1, 1997 - Science - 368 pages
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Paul William Roberts's journeys through India span twenty years, and in Empire of the Soul, he creates a remarkably sweeping portrait of the political, cultural, and spiritual life of the subcontinent. He shows us the crumbling palaces where maharajas live much as they did five centuries ago; the ashrams, temples, and caves, where the holy men are often as terrifying as they are tender; the remote villages reached by torturous journeys on ramshackle buses; and a millionaire drug dealer's heavily guarded fortress on India's border with China. Roberts brings historical perspective to his observations of modern India. The decadence of a settlement of hippies stranded in the paradise of Goa is juxtaposed with an account of the brutality of the Inquisition in India. The plummeting fortunes of a family of Calcutta aristocrats serve to illustrate the fate of the entire city over the last few decades.

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User Review  - Carol Mcintosh - Goodreads

This is the book that stared my long term long distance love affair with India. I have read it several times and have owned two copies. I really like the author's writing style, use of humor and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Latha Lokanath Pradeep - Goodreads

Love books on travel - this is one of the best I have ever read on travels in India. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
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Meditate More and Find Out bangalore 1974
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Bhagavan Is Still with Us bangalore
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About the author (1997)

Paul William Roberts is a journalist, producer and filmmaker and a scholar of Jewish and Arabic history and religions. He is the author of many books including "A War against Truth," Awarded the inaugural PEN Canada/Paul Kidd Courage Award in 2005, he lives in Toronto.

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